Category Archives: Devotion

Calm My Soul

Calm My Soul

Be still, and know that I am God. Ps. 46:10.

American Niagara Falls at Sunset
American Niagara Falls at Sunset

While attending a concert, my thoughts detoured to a troublesome issue that came to the front of my mind and demanded my attention. Thankfully, the distraction was short-lived as the words of a beautiful hymn began to reach deep into my being. A men’s a capella group was singing “Be Still, My Soul.” Tears welled up as I listened to the words and contemplated the restful peace that only God can give:

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side! Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; leave to thy God to order and provide; in every change He faithful will remain.

When we keep our minds on Jesus, He keeps our minds at peace.

When Jesus was denouncing the unrepentant towns where He had done most of His miracles (Matt. 11:20–24), He still had words of comfort for those who would come to Him. He said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened … learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matt. 11:28.

This statement is striking! Immediately following His strong words for those who were rejecting Him, Jesus extended an invitation to all to draw near to Him to find the peace we all yearn for. Jesus is the only one who can calm our restless, weary souls. – Joe Stowell. Daily Bread.

Prayer: I come to You now, Lord, in need of rest for my heart. Help me to trust You and be confident in Your love.

When we keep our minds on Jesus, He keeps our minds at peace.

Our passage today comes on the heels of Jesus denouncing the cities where most of His miracles were performed. Matt. 11:20–24. Bethsaida, one of the denounced cities, literally means “fisherman’s house.” It was a village on the north side of the Sea of Galilee and could have been the birthplace of three of the disciples: Andrew, Peter, and Philip.

Be Still My Soul.
Kathrina Von Schlegel. (1750).
performed by Naturally 7. á cappella.
Vocal Play Album. (2010). Lucerne, Switzerland.

Be still, my soul; the Lord is on thy side; Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain; Leave to thy God to order and provide; In every change He faithful will remain. Be still, my soul; thy best, thy heavenly, Friend Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

Calm My Soul
Airborne Films. Brain Wave Entertainment.
Soothing music.

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Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith

It’s tempting to think of faith as a kind of magic formula. If you muster up enough of it, you’ll get rich, stay healthy, and live a contented life with automatic answers to all your prayers.

Keeping Faith
Keeping Faith

But life does not work according to such neat formulas. As proof, the author of Hebrews presents a stirring reminder of what constitutes “true faith” by reviewing the lives of some Old Testament giants of faith. Heb. 11.

“Without faith, it is impossible to please God.” Heb. 11:6. In describing faith we see the word persevered. Heb. 27. As a result of their faith, some heroes triumph: They rout armies, escape the sword, survive lions. But others meet less happy ends: flogging, stoning, severing. The chapter concludes, “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.” Heb. 39.

Give me a faith that trusts You wholeheartedly, Lord.
The picture of faith that emerges does not fit simply. Sometimes it leads to victory and triumph. Sometimes it requires a gritty determination to “hang on at any cost.” Of such people, “God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” Heb. 16.

What our faith rests on is the belief that God is in ultimate control and will indeed keep His promises, whether that happens in this life or the next. – Philip Yancey. Daily Bread.

Give me a faith that trusts You wholeheartedly, Lord.

Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control.

Hebrews 11 has been called the “Hall of Faith.” In it we read of diverse people who face trials and tribulations far beyond what many of us face. Yet all persevered by trusting the Lord. By the Grace of God, we can do the same.


Keeping the Faith
Billy Joel

If it seems like I’ve been lost
In let’s remember
If you think I’m feeling older
And missing my younger days
Oh, then you should have known
Me much better
Cause my past is something that never
Got in my way